The Abu Dhabi Police GHQ called upon its staff to take advantage of the British experience in the field of port security to accomplish its top priority of fighting crime. These recommendations were made during the activities of the first Knowledge Forum of 2016.

Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, underlined the importance of building strategic partnerships to enhance international cooperation in order to exchange information with international institutions and agencies, Europol, Interpol, and leverage various experiences and knowledge.

The Secretary General emphasized the need to identify threats and assess the risks resulting from the increase in passenger and cargo numbers, illegal immigration, and organized crime. He also encouraged finding a balance between maintaining security and serving customers, and leveraging partnerships. Furthermore, Al Nuaimi stressed the importance of strengthening staff members’ capabilities and developing technological systems to keep up with current developments.

In his address during the forum, Colonel Faisal Sultan Al Shuaibi, Deputy Director of Strategy and Performance Development at Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, underlined Abu Dhabi Police’s desire to leverage others’ experiences and facilitate the transfer of knowledge to the Ministry’s leaders and staff members, in accordance with best practices. “This is achieved by attracting speakers specialized in global security events so we can learn from their experiences,” he added.

Ex-UK Border Force Head Brodie Clark addressed the topic of exporting borders, which aims to tighten security controls before individuals reach Britain through more stringent scrutiny of visas from abroad, and adding forces in France and Belgium to strengthen security controls before the arrival of passengers within their borders. “These controls also include reviewing passenger data, lists of people banned from traveling, electronic links with the airlines, and advertising campaigns,” he indicated.

Additionally, Mr. Brodie discussed the restructuring of border management and adjusting the internal environment through the integration of customs officials and the Immigration Department as a multi-disciplinary force which enjoys customs and immigration powers. He also recommended finding a unified and more flexible force in the fight against crime, and developing a common security information platform.

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